How To Get Started With An Online Life Coach
All clients start the same way, with an introductory coaching session. These reduced-price coaching sessions give you the chance to jump right in with a real coaching session and get to know me and how I work as an online life coach.
After the end of the session, I will send you a recording of our session as well as consolidated notes. The notes will share any Insights you had during our session, specific and clear Action Items you’d like to take based on our conversation and a larger Coaching Goal that you identified. You are welcome to move forward and work on your own at this point, or work with me in a coaching program.
There is no expectation that you continue with online coaching and there is no hard sell at the end of our session. The choice to continue with coaching is yours!
I have an office in Montclair, NJ, and throughout my coaching I have always seen a significant percentage (about 40%) of my coaching clients online. As we are in the middle of a global pandemic, I am now seeing 100% of my clients online.
Coaching Intro Session
How is An Online Coaching Session Different from In-Office Coaching?
It’s funny, actually. When I started coaching in 2005 most coaching was virtual. I didn’t have an office, so I would meet clients in Central Park, their offices or via phone. I’d give clients the option at first, I could meet them in real life or on the phone and they would choose.
MOST clients, believe it or not, chose to meet on the phone instead of in person. And here’s why. They thought that it was easier for them to think, to get deeper into their own authentic thoughts, if they didn’t see me. If the didn’t see me react, wait for me to respond.
As we are social creatures, we often communicate to get a response from someone instead of communicating from a place of authenticity. We communicate with, in concert with, to have an effect upon…instead of using the moment to pursue, or discover our own thoughts.
Coaching is all about pursuing your thoughts, your ideas. My goal, as a career and life coach, is to ask you questions that get you deeper into your own ideas. My goal is not to come up with an answer for you, but to ask you the right questions so that you can discover the answer for yourself.
At this time of self-quarantine, you are welcome to have a phone session, Zoom session or Skype session, whichever you think will work best for you. If you schedule a Zoom session, I’m able to provide you with a recording of the session.
My geographically distributed clients typically hold their sessions via Zoom and love it. They like to re-watch the video at least once, because it’s interesting to have that perspective on your own thought process. I mean, how often can you be a fly on the wall for your own thoughts? I know, it’s very meta. And online life coaching gives you the opportunity to have that deep and meaningful conversation, and than re-watch yourself, putting together ideas for the first time that will help you answer questions that have had you stuck for a while.
Coaching Intro Session
The Advantage of Online Life Coaching
There is a big advantage to having a coaching session via Zoom and watching the recording afterwards. When you see yourself having the a-ha moment, you can re-live it, and more deeply connect to the insight. If you felt momentum to take action during the session, you can re-watch that moment and reconnect with that desire to take action when you are in a better position to take action (not mid-session).
By re-watching our online life coaching session, you can reconnect to that moment of insight and impact and start taking action in the ways you want to. You can re-create the momentum you feel in a good coaching session, and take action between sessions in a more powerful way.
My Background In Career Coaching and Online Life Coaching
I received my coaching certificate from New York University in 2005, and I've been coaching ever since. As I mentioned, I was trained to coach via phone and in person; I started using virtual coaching platforms 15 years ago. In fact, I’ve only had an office for five years, so online coaching and virtual coaching is where I have the most experience.
For the first 10 years of my coaching career, I coached primarily on the phone, as that is what clients preferred. Clients enjoyed the experience, but quite frankly I felt like I could build a deeper connection and therefore help my clients move forward more quickly if I could meet in person.
I found a location in Montclair NJ and began coaching in person in October 2015. My practice grew quickly and thrived, so much so that in March 2020 I moved to a larger location where I could continue to do individual and group coaching.
While my practice accelerated, I started to coach more small businesses, and groups, so I wanted the space to support that.
I still always offered online coaching to clients; sometimes someone would get sick or have a snow day and they appreciated the flexibility of being able to meet online.
Other clients lived far away – some as far as Singapore and Australia, Seattle and Switzerland, Costa Rica and Houston. I always offered virtual coaching for these distributed clients, and they thrived.
Many of my clients would move during our coaching program, and virtual coaching allowed us to keep the momentum.
Some clients lived nearby, but in the congested NY Metro area, chose to have an occasional online coaching session instead of meeting in my office.
You can read more about my background and experience here.
Coaching Intro Session
What Is An Online Career Coach?
I have extensive experience as a career coach; it is the largest part of my practice.
As a career coach, I help clients clarify the career that will best meet their financial and personal needs at this time in their life. Yes, I’ve helped people transition from high paid jobs to meaningful jobs and vice versa. I’ve helped lawyers and doctors leave fields that no longer work for them, and interestingly helped people fall back in love with a career that was growing stale.
I help recent graduates find work in difficult markets; I help new parents transition into more family-friendly work. I help people retire early (yep, that’s as fun as it sounds) and I help people find more lucrative work, more meaningful work and more flexible work.
Honestly, working as an online career coach is not very different from working as a career coach. It’s a different medium for the same model. Instead of being in the same space, we work virtually, and you can always have a recording of your session.
Some clients who live far away come to me for the very first session, to “kick the tires” if you will and confirm that I’m the real deal. Once they’re satisfied, and we’ve made that all important in-person connection, they continue on with sessions virtually, and we complete our program with online coaching.
On the other hand, I have some European, Asian, Central American, Australian and West Coast American clients who I’ve never met in person! 100% of our coaching sessions have been virtual, and it’s worked out well.
I have a long tenure as an online life coach and I’d be happy to set up a session with you, at this time, when the responsible choice is to meet virtually.
The Cost of Online Coaching
My coaching isn’t cheap, and it definitely isn’t free. Many coaches who are just starting out offer free introductory coaching sessions; I definitely do not. I would like to think that my years of experience offer you a more efficient coaching program, so instead of charging you for hours and hours (or months or years) of coaching sessions, we cut to the point more efficiently, effectuating significant change more rapidly.
Coaching Intro Session
Topics for Online Life Coaching
Coaching is always client-directed; I am here to help you take action on a subject where you may feel stuck. Our agenda is your agenda; I can help you winnow it down, or clarify your goal, but the goal is always set by you. You are hiring me; you da boss!
I specialize in career coaching, transition coaching and general life coaching. I consider myself a personal coach, or a life coach, but that’s mostly just to differentiate from the world of executive coaching. Executive coaches tend to be hired by an organization to work with members of the organization to improve their performance. I am typically hired directly by the client to help them with a goal that they have identified, thus the personal nature of my work.
If you scroll the bottom of the main page of my site, you will see a list of topics that clients have hired me to help them with. Here are a few more:
- Finding a professional direction after leaving corporate.
- Pivoting my career after working for the same company for (15, 25, 30) years
- Choosing a creative direction after finding myself unfulfilled (but very successful) in corporate work.
- Finding work that allows for more balance.
- Rebuilding my life (finding a job, apartment, etc) after divorce.
- Being true to myself and finding work I actually want to do instead of work I’m good at.
- Retiring (3-5) years early.
- Improving my marriage
- Starting my (second) marriage with success
- Moving to another country
- Move to another location within the United States
- Make more money doing the same job I love
- Grow my client pipeline
Impact of Online Life Coaching
I just finished a 3-month program with a client earlier today and as we finished she said, “This is so useful. This is not AT ALL where I thought we’d be when I started. I couldn’t imagine we would have come to this place – I thought we’d do something more traditional. But this is exactly where I wanted to be. This is where I longed to be, in my deepest deepest heart, I just wouldn’t let myself see it.”
My goal is always to help you access your deep dark secrets, your big dreams. You are often sharing an objective with me that might not be right for others to hear. You aren’t ready to say it yet – these goals and dreams are super vulnerable and not ready for prime time. We can work on it together until that vision is a little more stable and you’re ready do out it to the world. That’s the coaching process – I provide you the scaffolding and you create your work of art, your life! In time we take that scaffolding away, as you are more confident and the project is more stable. And then we shine a light on you and it and you are satisfied with your creation.
Online life coaching is no different from in-person life coaching. Many of my engagements that started in November if 2019, or January or March of 2020 have now moved online. Clients haven’t missed a beat, in fact they now have increased focused because they are feeling a deeper desire to be authentic. To be real. To find their calling and to do the work that brings them joy.
Online life coaching is impactful, powerful and real. You can change your life, help yourself life your truest life.
It is my deep honor to be your guide, accountability partner and coach as you navigate your ideas for a life you are more eager to live.
I have been coaching for 15+ years, helping thousands of clients take that next step into the life they’d rather live.
And as a coach and an accountability partner, my goal is to help you match the ideas with clear actions so that you can move forward faster, with greater certainty and clarity toward a more authentic life. A life that you want to live, and derive great satisfaction and contentment from.
It is my honor and privilege to serve as a life coach, as a career coach, and to offer online coaching services. My goal is to be the best online life coach, the best career and life coach that I can be, to deliver maximum impact for my clients.
Ready To Get Started?
If you'd like to set up an introductory session, please complete the form and tell me your best times.
Times available (ET): Daytime: Monday-Friday: 7AM, 8:15AM, 9:30AM, 10:45AM, noon and 1:15PM. Evening: Monday-Wednesday: 6:30PM and 7:40PM.